Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Paul Outerbridge

The Getty Museum website has provided this online resource to accompany their exhibition on the American photographer Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958). As well as his commercial photography for magazines such as Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar, Outerbridge also undertook art photography. His friendship with Man Ray put him in touch with the European avant-garde, who admired his ability to transform commonplace objects into semi-abstractions, which led critics to compare his work with that of the Modernist painters. Images of his work, both colour and black and white illustrate this resource and, in an audio file, the cinematographer John Bailey talks about his first encounter with Outerbridge's photographs.
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